Who will Declan Rice be playing for next season?
If a Champions League club is willing to offer £120m, West Ham would allow Declan Rice to leave this summer according to reports. Alternatively, the club would accept £100m and a player in exchange for the midfielder.
At present, Arsenal is the most likely destination for Rice, although Chelsea, Manchester United, and Liverpool are also expressing interest.
Rice, 24, will have only one year remaining on his contract with West Ham. However, the club has the option to extend it for an additional year. It was just 18 months ago, Rice turned down a new contract offer of £200,000 per week; any new contract signed would see the English midfielder be on 3x that figure.
We spoke to @_WestHamReport to find out what a deal between Rice and West Ham would mean and if he is worth the huge £120m valuation.
“I think the fee is about right.” This would mean Rice would be the most expensive British transfer fee of all time, above Jack Grealish at £100m.
“The West ham side of my brain thinks he’s priceless and no money would soften the blow of seeing him leave.”
Rice has been a mainstay in the West Ham midfield for a number of years now. He made his debut in the 2016/17 season and registered 200 appearances since in the Premier League (272 total).
Let’s not forget, it isn’t out of the question that Rice will still be playing for West Ham next season, he is dearly cherished by the fans and that love is reciprocated from Rice. He is actually favourite to stay at the London Stadium for another season (1/2 odds).